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First Sea Turtles in Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery to be Released Wednesday

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Credit: SC Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center will release two sea turtles at Isle of Palms County Park on Wednesday, July 19th at 9 am. The pair were the first patients to be moved into the new Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery, and they will be the first turtles in from the program to return home. 

As usual, the public is invited to attend the event. Although viewing the release is free, attendees should plan to pay for parking. The Aquarium will also broadcast the event on Facebook Live.

Here’s a look at each of the turtles being released:

  • Chum
    • Kemp’s ridley
    • Was caught on hook-and-line by a fisherman in Beaufort
    • Care Center staff successfully removed the hook and now, after just two months of rehabilitative care, Chum is completely healed
    • You can watch Chum’s move to Sea Turtle Recovery below
  • Marlin
    • Loggerhead
    • 50 pounds
    • Marlin was caught on hook-and-line off of Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach

You can learn more about the turtles by watching the video at the conclusion of this post. To learn more about the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center and Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery, visit the official website.

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